I asked the Tánaiste if the Government will enable employers to provide a €1,000 Covid bonus to qualifying employees without them or their employees incurring a tax liability.
Independent Clare TD Michael McNamara today called for an independent investigation into ongoing overcrowding at University Hospital Limerick (UHL), where a record 111 patients were on trolleys this morning.
Addressing Taoiseach Micheal Martin during Promised legislation in Dáil Éireann today, Deputy McNamara said the exponential growth in trolley numbers at UHL was unlikely to be halted by the introduction of additional beds alone and that consideration should be given to upgrading other hospitals within the UHL Group.
Responding to Deputy McNamara, the Taoiseach said he would request the Minister for Health and the HSE to review the Clare TD’s proposal around the causes of ongoing overcrowding.
Deputy McNamara commented, “There is no clear indication as to why UHL is consistently the most overcrowded hospital in the country. I don’t know whether it is how admissions and discharges are managed in the hospital or if Ennis, Nenagh or St. Johns need to be upgraded to Model 3 Hospitals. An investigation needs to be commissioned without delay.”
The National Broadband Plan is behind schedule. Working from home is one of the pandemic responses most likely to remain with us but that is not possible without a proper broadband connection.
At today’s Joint Committee on Housing, Local Government and Heritage, I questioned whether the underuse of the Derelict Sites Act by local authorities was due to legislative deficiencies in the Act or other reasons.